Nowadays we see the Cross all over. There are tattoo crosses; there are earrings with the cross design; many rock bands use the cross in their names; the Satanists invert the cross.
During the time of Jesus, the cross meant death. Not only death but even the most humiliating form of death. However, when Jesus died on the cross, the cross had new meaning:
Three of which are as follows:
- The Cross is Love. For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son. Because the Son followed the will of the Father, he ended up on the Cross. Hence when we see the cross, we should be reminded of the greatest love. Jesus dying for our sins.
- The Cross reminds us that we have a Personal God. While the cross is an imagery of suffering, which all of us have in life, the cross also reminds us that God is so personal that he knows what we are going through. This should give us more confidence in our prayers. What father would like his child to suffer?
- The Cross is humility, trusting God even to the point of death. Jesus knew that because He did the Father’s will, He will end up on the cross. Yet he trusted His Father.
Hence, in this Mass three things we remember of the cross:
- God is Love. When we pray to Him, He will respond in the most loving way.
- God knows what we are going through
- God can be trusted from birth to death.